All you need to know about the local plan

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  • Response to the Draft Local Plan from Elizabeth Ashley, our youngest individual member

Your Response must be with Dacorum Borough Council on Sunday 28th February – BEFORE MIDNIGHT:

  1. By post to: Strategic Planning, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead,Hertfordshire. HP1 1DN
  2. By email to:
  3. On-line consultation portal
  •  Berkhamsted Citizens Association Response:

Berkhamsted Citizens are committed to the conservation of the historic built environment of Berkhamsted. This includes Northchurch, its internal green spaces and the retention of the surrounding and integral Green Belt which protects them. Green Belt is the single most important buffer against the coalescence of settlements, the erosion of which will threaten Berkhamsted’s distinctive and discrete nature if this Plan is adopted as it stands.

  • BCA Map of the proposed development sites
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  • Berkhamsted Mayor Garrick Stevens Analysis:

(Click slide below to download Garrick’s presentation)


  • Berkhamsted Residents Action Group 

BRAG – have created this very helpful document which I am sure will assist you.

One Voice Alliance 


“We the Chiltern Society, Chiltern Countryside Group, Grove Fields Residents Association (GFRA), Berkhamsted Residents Action Group (BRAG), Kings Langley & District Residents Association (KL&DRA), Berkhamsted Citizens and Tring in Transition as the ‘One Voice’ alliance, oppose the ‘Dacorum Local Plan – Emerging Strategy for Growth‘ because:

  1. Whilst the policy on biodiversity is clear, the emerging plan is not explicit enough in terms of how Dacorum Council will work with developers and other stakeholders to mitigate Green Belt loss, increase biodiversity and meet National and Hertfordshire’s goals for climate change and carbon reduction
  2. The proposed number of houses to be built should be significantly lower than the target to reflect actual demonstrable need for housing and the high proportion of Green Belt and AONB land in Dacorum, with a primary focus on affordable starter homes
  3. A higher proportion of the houses should be built on brownfield land, or established through conversions, in the existing urban areas of Hemel Hempstead, Tring, Berkhamsted and Kings Langley, and away from areas located in the Green Belt (which should only be used in exceptional circumstances) and the Chilterns AONB and its setting.

While not members of the Alliance, the Chilterns Conservation Board and CPRE Hertfordshire are working closely as advisors to the One Voice alliance.”

Our work:

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Attitudes to the conservation and improvement of Berkhamsted, Northchurch and the surrounding countryside are changing. The changes will affect you.
If you want to know what is going on in your area and have a say in its future, JOIN US.

· We are your voice within the democratic process of our community.
We care passionately about our town - join us and be heard!

· We are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our medieval market town
as a wonderful place to live, work and relax. 
We are committed to appreciating our past, 
enjoying the present and pursuing visions for our future.

· Berkhamsted Citizens celebrate the tangible legacies of the past.  
This combined with community knowledge including urban and social history,
planning, and conservation and heritage all shape our town and ground us in the way we look after it.

· We use our record of community experiences to make Berkhamsted a more attractive,
enjoyable and distinctive environment and to promote civic pride.

· We’d love to meet you at one of our events.

· Our Berkhamsted Conservation Area matters. Be a Civic Watchman 
as part of the Berkhamsted Citizens help protect our heritage.

National Heritage Open Days

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Obviously COVID-19 has altered the way I considered approaching this annual event. This project does not require meeting up in groups over six people. It can be enjoyed in small family groups. We wish you lots of fun whilst enjoying our local waterway heritage.


Become a Citizen

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Our aim, as it has been for the last 90 years, is to improve the quality of life in our beautiful and historic market town and to provide a focus and a meeting of minds for those who share our concerns. Whether you are new to Berkhamsted, or have lived here for many years, you are welcome to come to join us. We hope that our wide range of activities means that there is something for everyone. Whether you would like to come along to a talk about current issues or express your concerns about developments in the town – we want to provide a way for you to get involved. We aim to be positive in our approach, and try to work with all levels of local government. However, we are politically neutral and strictly independent and we can be robustly critical, particularly in our responses to development and in our vision for the future of our town. The influence we exert reflects not only the quality of our work, but the views of our members. Please join us and help to maintain and enhance our much-loved town. The more members we have the more we can achieve. We aim to respond to the concerns of our members. Do let us know what bothers you. Are you concerned about litter and graffiti, unsightly shop fronts and signs, inappropriate planning applications, the neglect of historic buildings, the replacement of paving stones with tarmac … let us know what concerns you. It is our town and we want the best for it.

Upcoming Events

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The historic waterfront of the inland Port of Berkhamsted painted by Harry Sheldon in 1975.


The historic waterfront of the inland Port of Berkhamsted painted by Harry Sheldon in 1975.